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  1. Please help !!! Has anyone been in any of these cabins on adjacent ? 7692 / 7698 / 7702 Thank You !!
  2. Hi All, Just trying to plan ahead. Anyone know if CK is open on boarding day for lunch? I prefer not to do WJ if I can help it. I believe I can do Cafe 270 and get the roast beef but do I have any other options that I don't know about??? Thanks, BP
  3. Thank you to all of the Ovation of the Seas passengers visiting Juneau that have helped socialize my golden Maggie. This ship always has the best people, so friendly and upbeat. We try to meet it every Sunday and have thoroughly enjoyed conversations with passengers and crew. I look forward to cruising with you all someday. 🙂 Jules (and Maggie)
  4. Hi 👋 for anyone lucky enough to do have done both. We are looking at vancouver to Hawaii on either I am just looking for people’s thoughts please as I am going round and round 😆
  5. The majority of reviews of this new and technology-packed ship are very negative, and the reviews are not on par with other ships. Much of the criticism is focused on ineptitude of the staff. We are booked for July 26 sailing to Alaska. I have set my expectations accordingly low. Does anyone know what is going on? Is the leadership on the ship just plain bad? Or is the ship disconnected from Royal Caribbean standards because its sailings have been in Asia/Australia/Alaska? Anyone with tips on how to enjoy this ship that most reviewers have panned?
  6. Does anyone know if this cabin has the bed by the entrance or by the balcony?
  7. We were first time cruisers and had been looking forward to our July 26, 2019, cruise for many months - and it did not disappoint. We had an amazing time. We loved the ship, the rooms, the staff and the activities. The scenery was stunning but note: we did NOT get close enough to see Dawes Glacier because there was too much ice, which was disappointing. Still the Endicott Arm is spectacular. We saw lots of whales from the ship and tons of bald eagles in Juneau. We heard a lot of experienced cruisers unhappy about the elevators, the crowds and "upselling" and the food. But overall we give the cruise an A grade and recommend it, especially for new cruisers and families with children ages 6-16. Here is a breakdown: The ship: Ovation is simply breathtaking, inside and out. It is huge! But we found the layout to be easy to navigate after getting used to it and our kids had no trouble finding their way around. The art is fascinating and fun, the decor is beautiful down to the smallest details such as the lighting and signage. Many many people were unhappy with the elevators, but we were relaxed about it and didn’t mind waiting or taking the stairs (however they were slow and packed at times which was difficult especially for those who had scooters, strollers or wheelchairs). The rooms: We had adjoining balcony staterooms on Deck 10 toward the aft and loved them. Our attendant opened the balcony partition for us right away, adding another way to pass between the rooms and additional space. We are spoiled forever now because the staterooms are modern, spacious and have tons of storage (including plenty of hangers). The beds are quite firm but comfortable and the bedding is so cozy. Couple of notes: some room tours showed hot water kettles but ours did not have one and we were told there wasn’t one available but it appeared some of the suites have them. No biggie. Also the showers have a pump dispenser with a 2-in-1 body wash and shampoo but no conditioner or lotion so be sure to bring your own. The crowds: We braced for huge crowds everywhere because of other reviews. Indeed, the times we found it to be overwhelming were directly after the muster drill when everybody was in the same place, trying to do the same thing (ride the elevators), in the Windjammer Marketplace at peak hours (around 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.), and occasionally on the Royal Esplanade when a lot of people were shopping at the many tables set up in the open space (see pic below). But otherwise it was fine. We always found a nice place to sit in public areas. The staff: Nearly every single service person we encountered was friendly and professional, although a small few were a little over the top and seemed to be looking for an extra tip. We were beyond thrilled with our room attendant Habibie. He was a pure gem. Our room was beautiful and always fresh and clean. We did the "Find the Nations" scavenger hunt and were SO impressed with every single staff member - from the photographer to the salespeople. They all were patient and friendly as children besieged them to ask where they were from. I found this to be a real testament to the quality of all staff. We found Cruise Director Joff and his sidekick Angelle to be so entertaining and fun - don’t miss their morning show on the room TV, it’s so entertaining and informative. We were hooked and even missed the morning show once we got home (yes we are nerds). When we saw Joff in the elevator our children felt as though they’d met a celebrity and he was so friendly and down to earth. We didn’t have anybody being pushy to sell us stuff, as I’ve seen in other reviews. The activities: The pools are great, our kids loved the indoor family pool and the weather was beautiful on our sailing so we used the outdoor pool quite a bit. The splash area is for very little kids so we didn’t use it. We tried to roller skate but learned too late that we didn’t have the required wristbands. Go to the iFly desk on Deck 15 to get wristbands early on the day that rollerskating is offered. The FlowRider was fun and we got on it with about a 30-minute wait. The FlowRider staff are terrific. You need advanced reservations for iFly - if you can’t get them ahead on Cruiseplanner, go to the iFly desk on Deck 15 as soon as you get on board to get a time slot because it did sell out. Some people said you also can book on the Royal IQ App as soon as you are onboard but we did it in person. iFly is fun - a little short and the staff were a little bit “too cool for school.” A suggestion: if your whole family is doing iFly at the same time, break up your group into two sessions or ask someone to take photos for you because the official camera was not working when we went and you’re going to want pics of your kids! Shows: We loved the welcome and farewell shows (go to the early ones if you are bringing kids) and the game shows they put on (ie Finish That Song Lyric and Love and Marriage). We did not see the main productions, Beautiful Dream (we really wanted to see this but it was shown the evening we had been in port in Skagway and we were exhausted) or Live Love Legs (we were warned it isn’t kid friendly). Pixels is the only show you can reserve in advance and is shown every night. It is not the best show ever but is fun and short with impressive dancing and some cool technology. It’s worth checking out but try to sit on the first floor for the best views. The food: We loved the Windjammer service and food - in fact we ate most of our meals there and always found the food to be hot (when it was supposed to be) and yummy. Breakfast was great; there were always international choices (I loved the Indian and Chinese food!) and comfort food (we liked the daily soups). There were many choices for kids including tons of fruit, pasta, mac and cheese, pizza and chicken tenders. We did not go in expecting great food based on reviews but were pleasantly surprised. The main dining room was hit or miss - we loved lobster night but had a less than stellar meal another night. The service was a little slow in the main dining rooms at dinner for My Time Dining. My daughter LOVED Sorrentos and visited it at least twice a day for a slice of pizza. We did not eat in the specialty restaurants. A note about the two formal nights: One night we all got dressed up and we had a giant, loud table of teenagers wearing shorts and t-shirts next to us (the parents and grandparents sat at a different table) and it kind of put a damper on the “formal” part of the night. Other tables had people in suits and dresses. So don’t look for this dress code to be enforced/followed. We had the refreshment package and found it worth it for the unlimited sodas, “mocktails,” bottled water (we had to ask for it at the bars), and particularly the specialty coffees at La Patisserie, Cafe 270 and the Windjammer. BTW You don’t have to have the souvenir cup - you can order soda anywhere but there are the soda freestyle machines in the Windjammer and at Sorrentos with a gazillion choices. "Upselling": We just didn't experience this to be a problem. There were people walking around with alcoholic beverages on carts offering them for sale and tables to buy beverage packages but they never were pushy about it, and only on the very first day did a bartender offer to sell us the all-inclusive beverage package. Otherwise, the only place where "selling" was really going on was in the shops and at the Royal Esplanade tables. And even then we didn't feel very pressured to buy anything. The Ports: Juneau and Skagway are very cute, crowded, commercial little port towns full of jewelry and gift shops. It’s worth getting off the Main Streets on excursions because the scenery is breathtaking. Our shore excursions were fun and well organized. Juneau’s Mt. Roberts Tramway is spectacular and we were surprised to find it not too crowded (we went straight there after the ship docked at noon). Prepare to shop at the giant gift shop at the top, take a walk on the easy short trails through beautiful rainforest, and leave some time in case there are lines to come back down. Highly recommend the Mendenhall River Float Trip in Juneau (our guide Julia was absolutely fantastic!) Bring rain coats or ponchos, they go rain or shine and we got drenched in a short downpour right at the beginning. The White Pass train in Skagway has amazing views and interesting history. The only slightly obnoxious thing about the train ride was when the tour guide/announcer walked through each train car at the end in a poorly veiled quest for tips. Victoria is fabulous. If you have time, walk from the ship to the adorable Fisherman’s Wharf (15-minute walk) and then take a water taxi to the Inner Harbour. We checked out the area on foot, including quick stops at the Empress Hotel and Parliament building. We skipped Butchart Gardens because we have pre-teens who weren’t interested, it is 40 minutes from town and we wanted to get back to the ship to enjoy it on the last day and to pack. But those who went said they are fabulous and worth every minute. Note: There were at least three ships in each port at a time-making for some crowds but we loved chatting with the other cruisers and everybody else was in awe of the size and beauty of the Ovation. Voom Surf and Stream WiFi/Royal IQ: We expected the worst because of the many poor reviews but for us it was fine the entire time. We just used it for texting, google and some other websites, and some YouTube streaming, and never had any major issues. A note-we paid for the Royal IQ texting app but never used it. We have iPhones and turned on iMessage and texted the entire time from everywhere on the ship without a problem). The Key: As this was our first cruise, we had no loyalty perks whatsoever and this made The Key ABSOLUTELY worth it. We breezed on to the ship at embarkation, had a private lunch in the MDR with a nice menu; had some private time slots at the FlowRider, bumper cars and rock wall (I’ll post a pic of the times); had priority disembarkation at the ports (even though we weren’t using tenders at any port); and had priority disembarkation on the last day; and it included the WiFi. I would recommend The Key to anyone who is new or relatively new to RCCL and has no perks. For those with higher status, it probably is not worth the extra expense. Some small suggestions: The first day's morning show and Cruise Compass (and the cruise details ahead of time) should make it very clear that it is not a guarantee to see the Dawes Glacier. The teen club activities were a little bit on the late side for us. Beautiful Dream should be shown on a sea day because Skagway is a long day. The Captain should repeat his announcement about the Glaciers because several people did not hear it early in the morning. It was slightly annoying for a few staff to ask us for good reviews on the after-cruise survey. And a “Find The U.S. States” scavenger hunt would be fun. But these are nitpicking because we honestly had the time of our lives!
  8. Hi everyone. It's been a few years since I've cruised, and I've just begun researching for next year. My husband and I hope to cruise to Alaska next summer on the Oasis, and we'll have our then two year old with us. I've read things about splash pads on other posts, and have scoured Royal's website to see if the Ovation has one, to no avail. Does anyone know if they have a splash pad for toddlers in swim diapers? I have no idea if he'll be potty trained by then, and will plan as if he won't be. Also, any other advice for travelling with a two year old? I rarely leave him with babysitters (other than family), so I don't think I'll be utilizing any of that. But, I'll take all the advice I can get! thanks Alexis
  9. Quick review of Ovation sailing June 28, 2019 Haven’t posted in a while but thought I’d give a quick review of our recent Ovation sailing. Went with my wife (both of us are 40) and two kids (9 and 6). We have been on a number of cruise lines and several Royal Caribbean primarily in the Caribbean. The wife and I did Alaska on Holland about 15 years ago. We have always wanted to go back to Alaska but with how scenery focused it was we were waiting till our kids got older then Ovation was moved there so thought it could be a good compromise to take the kids. Overall the cruise was great and we would highly recommend to families. We flew in a couple days early and stayed at the Hyatt House right next to the Space Needle. Great location and nice hotel. For the the full day we had before the cruise we went out to the Museum of Flight. Great place to take families and was fun for the adults too. I’d plan on taking at least a few hours there, we spent a lot of the day. The morning of the cruise I took the kids up in the space needle for a little while. Beautiful views as always and saw our ship in the port. We Ubered to the port around 10:30 and were walking on the ship a little after 11. Except for the decent walk from The Uber drop off, check in was smooth and quick. We did Windjammer for lunch and it was busy but not too bad. I’m not sure I really like the layout with most of the food areas pretty close to each other but it served its purpose. We did bumper cars in the afternoon. Wow the line gets long fast. Got there 30 minutes prior and already had a long line. This was pretty consistent the whole cruise. Would think they’d offer if more with how popular it was. And let me add it was a lot of fun. A nice surprise was the pools and the water slides were all heated water. I guess I didn’t research this enough but very nice for some of the cold sea days. I don’t think a lot of people realized this as my kids had the water slides to themselves most of the times we went. A tip, go to the pools earlier in the day as they could get crowded later in the day. We we ate at the MDR for dinner every night except Juneau day. We ate in port that day. MDR service was beyond good. Food was ok to good. My wife has a gluten allergy and they were all over it. The assistant waiter Angel was so good to my kids. For most breakfasts we ate in the Windjammer. We were up fairly early and never had too bad of crowds. For most lunches we ate in the Solarium. Good food and never crowds at all. We did try Sorrentos which was good compared to other ships as well as Park cafe for a quick bit and was good. Our room was a JS 10622. Great location and nice room. I like the one and a half baths in these JS. Balcony was great with padded loungers. Room was quiet. Juneau we took a taxi to the salmon hatchery. Good for a short visit. Then took a taxi to Mendenhall glacier and walked out to the waterfall. Amazing at how much the glacier has receded in 15 years. Had a great time and ate at Hangar on the Wharf in town. Good food and atmosphere. Skagway we booked with Beyond Skagway tours up to Emerald Lake and back with a drop at Michelle Philips dog sledding camp. Would highly recommend the entire day. Just wow on the beauty of that area. Endicott Arm and Dawes glacier day was pretty with all the ice bergs and seals but we didn’t get near enough to the glacier to see it. Victoria we did a whale watching drip with Orca Adventures. Amazing tour and saw tons of humpbacks and seals. Walked around town and loved it. Disembarkation was smooth. We used the port valet for bags and loved not having to deal with bags all day. Spent the the day in Seattle ahead of a red eye home. Did the aquarium and walked around the water front. Then went out to a computer museum that had working computers and gaming systems dating back 40+ years. Could play on most of them. Even had old arcade games to play. Kids and adults loved it. sorry for a little longer review then I thought. Loved the trip and would highly recommend.
  10. Hi, I am trying to nail down a few last details as we get ready to leave for Seattle tomorrow morning. 1) I understand there is an option to do laundry by the bag? I know its expensive but probably cheaper than checking luggage. Is this true? Any more info on how this works? 2) I am trying to decide whether or not to bring a laptop. Is there computer access at all? (in the library?) Could I get pictures off a camera card? What else could I do/not do on those computers? Thanks for any help!
  11. If anyone who was on the April 17, 2019 transpacific sailing on Ovation of the Seas from Sydney to Honolulu has their daily Cruise Compass' or any other material (menus?) that they could post to our Roll Call, we cruisers booked on the April 20, 2020 transpacific cruise would greatly appreciate it.
  12. We usually book OS on Oasis class ships. Looking at Ovation Grand Suite 13634 because OS are not available for the dates we want to sail. Has anyone stayed in this cabin? Pictures?
  13. Hi, we will be going on an Alaskan cruise on August 9. As we are getting ready, any advice on shoes? Sneakers ok? Do we need waterproof shoes or serious hiking boots? Family of 4, so I'd rather not buy new shoes that will likely be outgrown if not needed. Any advice helpful. I have read conflicting information.
  14. Are people getting seasick on these Alaska cruises out of Seattle? I have read a couple of references to seasickness on the sea day between Seattle and Alaska this summer. Can anyone who has cruised on Ovation this summer provide their experiences/observations regarding sea sickness and how prevalent it was on their cruise?
  15. If I am understanding correctly, there are now four different venues that have replaced the traditional MDR. Two are for suite passengers, and the other two are for all others. Is this correct? The ship's deck plans that I have seen don't show those newer options. TIA
  16. I am making a booking on Ovation of the Seas in an obstructed view balcony cabin. Cabins available are 7702, 6660 and 6290. Could anyone please advise which would be the best of these cabins or suggest another obstructed view.
  17. I have not noticed this being mentioned before so I wanted to make a quick post about a deal they had on embarkation day on the 7/5/19 sailing of Ovation of the Seas. They had Deluxe Packages for buy one get one 1/2 off. This was only offered Day 1 and I was told by multiple bartenders that it was only available on Ovation. Package 1 was $63 a day, package 2 was $31.50. There was 18% added to those prices. The cruise itself was great. We had booked an interior guarantee and ended up with accessible cabin 8141 which was huge. It was the first cruise I have ever been on that dis not meet the 25 person minimum for a M&M. I was shocked as if is such a big ship and was sold out. We did the Mendenhall Glacier/ Salmon Bake excursion in Juneau. They only give you an hour at the Glacier which is not enough time. Hubby and I had to basically power walk down and back the the falls. We made it back with only a few minutes to spare are we were only down at Nugget falls for a few minutes. In Skagway we did the White Pass Scenic Railway. It was great. We ended up being stuck for an hour or so at the summit because there was a train behind us broken down on the tracks. They have us all a choice of a free hat or DVD to apologize for the delay. There was a lot of haze in the air because of forest fires going on in Alaska. We took lots of pictures of our excursions and if the cabin but seem to have basically 0 of the ship otherwise. All of our pics are on FB if you want to take a look. https://m.facebook.com/disneydvc/albums/10161927258760587/
  18. Currently at the entrance to Dawes Glacier on Ovation. Tons of ice not permitting the ship to proceed forward to see it up close. A small ferry boat in front of us wasn’t able to navigate ice either. According to staff, this is pretty much the norm. Captain is rotating the ship 360 degrees to view the environment. So make sure you see Mendenhall in Juneau and others along the trip so you are not disappointed. Trip has been fantastic other than that to this point. Temperatures in the 60s on land and cooler at sea. It’s a great ship and Alaska is glorious.
  19. A little bit of history before I start this review. My DH and I call the Pacific NW our home port but over a year ago we moved into our travel trailer and have been traveling full time. Last year my DM booked my DB and I, spouses and all of our children, and her two great grandchildren on this cruise so that we would all be together for her 70th Birthday. Well adult grand kids have their own lives and one has another baby on the way so we ended up with a party of 9...well for most of the cruise. My DH, DM, DD(22) and I have all cruised before. My DM is a big Grand Circle fan and cruises rivers at least once a year. My DB, his wife and three children, 8, 10 and 11, have never cruised and were very nervous about all kinds of sickness and issues that could arise. We came back into town a month before and I was really excited that I did not have to fly anywhere for this cruise. I was extremely excited to sail the Ovation as well as give RCCL a try. Having only sailed Carnival. I will say I was a little puzzled on all of the reservations that we needed but I spent months reviewing what we might want to participate in as a group and booking dinners, shows, IFly and Northstar. For the most part it was pretty easy but I knew that we were going to not purchase the dinning package, we had ATD, and that everyone one would take part in the same excursions. My husband and I decided our gift was to make door decor for everyone as well as canvas favor bags with shirts, water/wine canteens and items that we love to bring on our cruises such as magnets, highlighters, gum, ginger and advil etc. DH and I are pretty easy going and love to make friends with the staff and always tip our cabin steward extra as we appreciate all they do in taking care of us. There isn't a lot that frustrates us but DH does have some disabilities and occasionally walks with a cane. The morning of the cruise DM, DH, DD and I packed up the car and drove from Olympia to Seattle Cruise Park. I checked my DB's flight from San Diego and they are delayed 45 mins. Ok still possible to make the ship so I put a text alert on my phone so I could see when they took off. This is where the drama begins. DH and I told DB that flying in the day of a cruise is crazy and why don't they change their flight to the night before, we would pick them up and drive two cars to the port. He decided to keep the day of flights. 😬 We arrived around 11am and were at the port about 10 mins later. Not a lot of traffic and the drop off was really easy. Seattle Cruise Park staff were very helpful and we would definitely use them again. We dropped our luggage near the van with a porter and proceeded into the terminal. I then received the first text alert. DB and his family are now delayed 7 hours!!! I show DH the message and tell him I need to talk with my mother to break it to her. Well she gets the call before I can soften the blow. Of course we need to still visit the tablet staff for check in and DM is now crying and pretty upset. DB is telling her it is all Alaska Airlines fault because the plane broke down and that they are going to make it work out. Ok we all know this is not AA fault. He bought day of tickets and no insurance. Really not sure how he is going to fix this but I needed to get the 4 of us on the boat and give my DM something else to think about for a little bit. Check in was super easy and there were 5-7 people ahead of us while walking on. From parking to the ship was about an hour and 15-20 mins was the call from DB so really easy and no crowds. We knew we could not check out our cabins until 1 so we headed to the Windjammer, found a table and got lunch. This was the first time I actually felt the ship. It kind of took me by surprise because it felt more of a sway of front to back but really subtle. Plus we were still in port. DH gets seasick, uses patches, ginger and wrist bands, but I have never been seasick. There is always a first. Another poster stated that he felt the Ovation swayed more than other ships he had been on. I have to agree. We have sailed the Pacific Coast and this almost felt more of a top front to back motion. I have to say all of us were in awe of this ship and could not wait to see our cabins and meet our cabin stewards. At 1pm sharp the cabin hallways were opened. We were very happy with the layout of our cabin and our cabin steward, Wawan. DM and DD had Eloy. We would enjoy getting to know them and they were always there to assist with anything we needed. I strongly suggest getting a balcony cabin for an Alaska Cruise. DH loves them but I usually want to run up top for the sights and never use them as much as he does. This balcony came in handy many times to spot wild life or when we visited the glacier. Oh and when the Coast Guard came. 🤕 We participated in the drill and by the time it was over DM had the new plans with DB. AA felt that they missed the cruise because of their mechanical difficulties so they were flying them to Seattle, putting them up in a Hotel at Seatac, and on Sat. am flying them to Juneau, putting them up at another Hotel in Juneau, and they would join us on Sunday, DM birthday. She was thrilled!!! I told DH that my DB was extremely lucky. The catch was that they could only cruise until Victoria because of the Jones Act. I still need to look up the full layman term of the "Jones Act".😂 DM was happy that her son, his wife and three grand kids would be joining us so who was I to complain. Ok maybe I did a little to DH but hey what are spouses for? I should say to those of you that are looking for Ocean Adventure information on the Ovation, I really had a goal of getting some information for you but by the time the kids got on board they were not really interested in going to OA. DN (8) tried the first night (Juneau for them) but she just didn't feel it. I am sorry and hope someone on a future cruise will post a review with OA in mind. We sailed away and everyone was happy! Until dinner. We had ATD but I had made reservations for 9 of us. Well my DS's, not on this cruise, GF and her good friend had actually booked this cruise before they started dating. She joined us for dinner that night so we ended up with 6. This is where is was very different from Carnival. We arrived at The Grande and it was no problem that only 6 of us came to dinner but I noticed a lot of people who were waiting in the no reservation line. The food was ok. Our party tried many different dishes and desserts, and for the most part everyone said the food was not great but not bad. When we were ready to leave a gentleman, I think the maitre d, asked me if the rest of our party would be joining us for the rest of the cruise? I explained that my DB did not make the cruise (Juneau boarding) and that I knew the next night there would only be 4 of us. He was fine with this but stressed that I had to talk with everyone and plan our dinners. I understood and felt it was no big deal. The next night DD, DH and I were all sick so we didn't go back but I did let them know we would not be making it. When DB and his family boarded on Sunday we did return to The Grande for our reservations. It was DM's birthday and the staff did a great job in singing to her and celebrating her birthday with us...until again as we were eating dessert the same man came to me and stated that he really needed to know all of our dinner times and would we be keeping them the same? We had just connected with DB and his family a few hours before so I told him that I would come back down later and discuss it with him. He actually told me that I needed to come up to the check in podium and confirm the next night at that time. I was now getting bugged. I spent a lot of time with these reservations but it was DM's birthday and we had plans. I confirmed the next evening with him and said I would get back to him with the rest of the weeks confirmations. Later on that evening the adults decided we would not return as it was not truly ATD and the food was not that great either night. We were always cordial and a party of nine would be a little bit of a wait but we were hearing from other larger parties that they were doing the same to them. Not sure what was going on but this put a bad taste as our family really enjoys a good dinner together but not all of our party can pay for an up charge on a specialty restaurant. I also didn't appreciate the push while I am on vacation. Sometimes we drink or eat too many snacks and we aren't ready for dinner at a certain time. We are not big foodies so we stuck to the Windjamer, as we felt it was comparable to The Grande. We did have dinner the last formal night at the Solarium Bistro, the only place we could get in. DH and I had reservations and we went to talk to the staff and see if all 9 of us would be able to get in. "No problem! Come back in 20 mins!" It got great reviews by everyone in our party. The staff was great and very attentive to all of us. We had skirt steak, the lobster, shrimp skewers, spaghetti and salmon. All of it was really good. They also had the best chocolate mouse we have had. I kept looking for good chocolate on this ship and was having trouble finding something really rich and dark. This hit it. I really wish we had gone to the Solarium Bistro earlier on. I am not going to review Juneau or Skagway as there are good reviews out there and we just walked around each port and took the train ride. Endicott Arms and Dawes Glacier were a hit as none of us had seen a glacier before. We had great weather and the captain turned us around 2 or 3 times. This is when our balcony came in handy because there were a lot of passengers up top. I know some have said its small compared to some of the other glaciers but it was still a first for us and we enjoyed it. I love Victoria. I spent 4 days there last December for my 50th so I could not wait to get back. DB and his family had to disembark, probably the easiest one they will ever have since they were the only ones disembarking. We have been to the gardens and other tours so we decided to show everyone the town and have lunch at Bard and Banker. DB checked into his hotel and they joined us. They still had to figure out which ferry to get back to Seattle for their afternoon flight the next day. We were surprised that the Celebrity, I think Solstice, didn't arrive until 4:30pm. They were at port Friday am so that is a pretty short port stop. I will say that we had good weather almost the whole cruise. If it rained it was usually the early morning or later in the afternoon. We did have afternoon/evening swells/rolling on the first sea day. No white caps but it made all of us sick. I ran to guest services to get the meclizine pills for DD and DH and let them know that it looked like we would be out of it around 3 am. They both fell asleep. Believe it or not I actually woke up at 3:10 am and it was subsiding. We never felt sick again but did feel that the ship swayed a bit most of the time. Note to self...even if someone gifts you a cruise don't get a cabin in the front. Not sure it would have made a difference in this cruise but DH and I usually get deck 6 or 7 aft. Because of the illness from the night before we missed our Meet and Mingle. Very sad about that as we have participated before and were looking forward to it. IFly, Northstar, bumper cars, all of the pools were all a hit. The kids all did IFly, I got 3 spots at the last min., and they loved it. Everyone wished Northstar lasted longer but they enjoyed it. DH and I loved the Solarium and the pools. I almost need a vacation to just sit in there a whole cruise. This ship was perfect for the taste of Alaska as there is soooooo much glass. You can see almost anywhere. Coming out of Endicott Arms there was a medical emergency. The captain came on to announce that we would be stopping for a visit from the Coast Guard helicopter to pick up a very ill passenger. He explained that it may take a few tries for them to be able to pick them up. We said a little prayer while they were making their attempts and wished her well. It was very interesting watching them work as we were on our balcony near the front so we could see each attempt pretty close until they went around the bridge. I have read about cruise ships having to evacuate passengers but we have never actually seen what it takes. Kudos to the Coast Guard and the captain. We saw Pixels, and A Beautiful Dream as a group and they were both great. The cast from Pixels were done after our show so it was especially exciting. They teared some of us up as they were all emotional that it was their last show together. A Beautiful Dream was amazing on another level. The kids didn't like it as much but still felt it was good. A few of us also saw the comedy show and liked it a lot. We only heard the band in the Music Hall and were not fans. Not sure what their names were but usually we would enter the casino through the side of the Music Hall and they were playing. The ship was amazing but there a some things that might sway a future cruise on her. The sway factor was real to us. It did feel tight and crowded at times. Mostly in the Promenade and the Windjammer. The staff was hit or miss. We met some that seemed like they were just "there" and doing a job. Others were over the top and we enjoyed their energy. The food was a turn off. DH and I know that this can be hit or miss and it just didn't work for us. The whole reservation thing was a hassle. I go on vacation because I spend most of my waking hours planning. I don't want to do it on a vacation. This is just us, it obviously works for others. Overall not sure if we will try RCCL again, I received a casino offer already, but we may if the itinerary is something we want to try. For now we are going to head back out on the road.
  20. Sailing on Ovation on 6/14 and looking for recent cruise compass from 5/24 sailing. Have only been able to find the 5/13 11 night sailing... Yes, I know it just ended 3 days ago, but seems like the 5/13 sailing was posted almost immediately....
  21. There are four MDR on the Ovation of the Seas. Two are for assigned searing and two for anytime dining. Are the menus for all four restaurants the same each evening? ...Or are there some "specialty" items for each MDR? Hope that made sense
  22. Anyone on Ovation to Alaska try Solarium Bistro? I thought with all the glass & beautiful Alaskan scenery, it might make for a beautiful dinner. Any experience or recommendation of one day over another?
  23. Hello - We are first time RCCL cruisers with a couple of questions for those who have sailed on Ovation to Alaska. Will we have access to the Royal IQ app once on board and do we just connect to ship WiFi and use our usual RCCL to sign in to schedule activities? Alternatively, where exactly do we go once aboard to reserve activities including iFly, Northstar and shows? Some have said Boleros and others said go to the box office, 270 or directly to location of the activity.
  24. We're on Ovation in September. Our excursion in Juneau gets back too late to make our MDR seating, so we decided to try the Solarium Bistro. Right now in the cruise planner the only time I can get for our party of 3 is 5:30, which we won't be able to make. Do they open more times on board?
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